The following is brought to us by ABJ Extra. July 18, 2014
There is potential assistance available to you under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) authorized under the Agricultural Assistance Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) for eligible honey bee losses that occurred from October1, 2011, to present.
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized $20 million each fiscal year for ELAP to provide emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honey bees and farm-raised fish. ELAP covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. More specifically, for honey bee losses, ELAP provides assistance for the loss of honey bee colonies in excess of normal mortality. Also, the program covers damage to honey bee hives and honey bee feed that was purchased or produced for eligible honey bees, including additional feed purchased above normal quantities to sustain honey bees until such time that additional feed becomes available.
ELAP sign-up began at local FSA service centers on April 15, 2014, for eligible honey bee losses suffered during 2012, 2013 and 2014 program years (losses occurring on or after October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2014). If you have suffered 2012, 2013 or 2014 honey bee losses, you must submit an application for payment and a notice of loss to the local FSA office that maintains your farm records; however, if the local FSA office that maintains your farm records is not in close proximity to the physical location where the honey bee loss occurs, you may submit a notice of loss to the local FSA office in the county where the loss occurs.
The ELAP signup deadline for 2012 and 2013 program year losses ends August 1, 2014. For 2014 program year (losses occurring on or after October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014), sign-up ends November 1, 2014. Please contact you local FSA office for types of records needed and to schedule an appointment. FSA will use data furnished by you to determine eligibility for program benefits. Furnishing the data is voluntary; however, without all required data, program benefits will not be approved or provided.
For an Fact Sheet overview of the 2014 Farm Bill USDA ELAP program and beekeeper elgibility, you can access the FSA website: http://fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/elap_livestk_fact_sht.pdf